The best books for how Stoicism can help you with modern life

The Books I Picked & Why

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

By Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

Why this book?

This was the first book that I ever read on Stoicism and it really got me into the philosophy. It’s a great overview of Stoicism in the modern world and shows us how we can turn obstacles into opportunities.


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Meditations

By Marcus Aurelius, Martin Hammond

Meditations

Why this book?

This is one of the most important books on Stoicism out there. Marcus Aurelius was the Roman Emperor from 161 AD to 180 AD and used Stoic philosophy to help him face many challenges and guide his decisions. It’s a quick read, packed with timeless wisdom.


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Enchiridion

By Epictetus, George Long

Enchiridion

Why this book?

This book is an essential and compact guide to Stoicism by one of the greatest Stoic philosophers. It’s another quick read but filled with great content.


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Letters from a Stoic

By Lucius Seneca, Robin Campbell

Letters from a Stoic

Why this book?

Seneca’s letters are extremely practical and give some great solutions to problems that many of us face today. It’s incredible to think how long ago this book was written yet it still remains incredibly accessible to the modern reader.


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A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

By William B Irvine

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

Why this book?

This is a fantastic guide to Stoicism and has many great examples of Stoic philosophy in action. It has lots of useful history that makes it a good general read on the Stoics.


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